EMS Newsletter – November 2020

Written by: Jim Jones

Assistant Chief - EMS | Licensed Paramedic

December 30, 2020


As we close out the year, I can’t help but reflect on my perspective of the tumultuous events of 2020. Many of us have endured personal tragedy, depression, fear, and the occasional triumph while this year simultaneously provided the pandemic, social distancing, governmental challenges, and the Presidential election fiasco. Where does one start with such a series of events occurring in such rapid succession?

As I contemplated my personal tragedies and challenges this year, and my own views of those private and public challenges, I was captured by a quote that I felt must be shared. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people”. Ironically, this quote was further strengthened while I was listening to some of our members discuss their views and questions regarding some training issues during lunch today.

This year, perhaps more than ever, has demonstrated that we cannot stand alone. No man or woman can prosper long without their team and their purpose. Whether that team be immediate family, extended family, co-workers, or any random group of people, team is essential to success. With so many turbulent events, uncertainties, and fear in our world today, we need each other more than ever. The success of our team members is the success of each of us.

Here at HCESD # 2, our team is essential to our mission and our success. It is my sincere belief that each of you is an essential part of my family and your success is essential to me personally. This dynamic may occasionally be overshadowed by the chaos raging around us daily but remains an essential truth for us all. The success of our team members is ultimately the success of us all.

Moving into the year 2021, I hope to see our team continue building not only our immediate team members, but also our partner organizations and the public at large. I hope to see us analyze ideas to improve ourselves, our service, and our region without devaluation of anyone or any principal. It is my honor to serve with each of you and learn and I hope to see each of you succeed in your continuing evolution.

I pray that each of you have a Merry Christmas and thank you all for being an essential part of our success!

**Reference: Socrates

EMS Billing Charts

Our EMS billing collections total for the month of November is currently $58,017.49. This represents a 47.5% increase from November 2019.

Our 2020 Year to date collection total is $421,513.03. This represents a 7.32% increase from this same time in 2019.

This chart demonstrates the income collected through the collections company activities. November saw a collection income of $2,258.00 with an annual total collected of $11,719.14.

Active 911 Responses

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November saw 37 primary fire responses and 174 primary medical responses as defined by the Active 911 System. This represents an annual total of 2185 fire and ems events to date.

EMS Training Events

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  • No scheduled training events were conducted in November.

Credentialing Article

Phase I (3rd Rider) employees include:

  • Part Time – W. Webber (FF/Paramedic)
  • Part Time – J. McMillan (FF/Basic)
  • Part Time – K. Sanderson (FF/Basic)
  • Part Time – A. Marshall (Paramedic)
  • Part Time – J. Blanchard (FF/AEMT)
  • Volunteer – J. Constance (EMT)

Phase II (Mentorship) employees include:

  • Full Time – D. Bogue (Paramedic)
  • Full Time – D. Silva (FF/Paramedic)
  • Full Time – C. Miller (FF/Paramedic)

EMS Supply Reports

Remaining Line Item Funds:

EMS Operating Supply: $1,729.06

EMS New Equipment: $92.93

EMS Repair and Testing: $1,714.61

In addition to these line items, HCESD # 2 received a grant for $6,263.48 for COVID supplies and a separate grant for $4,485.00 for EMS supplies.

This is an additional income of $10,748.48 from EMS Supply and Operations deposited into HCESD # 2 accounts this November!

Quality Improvement

Our team completed QA reviews on 100% of all medical calls for the month of November. Keep up the great job!


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I would like to congratulate the following personnel:

  • James Wooten
  • Christy Bonin
  • Joshua Constance
  • Cody Miller

Mr. Wooten and Ms. Bonin began researching pediatric DSII sedation protocols and medications as part of a personal growth initiative. Due to their hard work and research, we were able to improve our protocols and continue to improve our services for the community!!

Mr. Miller recently completed his Paramedic program and is now in Phase II credentialing.

Mr. Constance has completed his EMT program and filed with TDSHS for his state patch. He will begin credentialing as soon as the TDSHS process is complete.

Please congratulate them all when you see them! Excellent Job Team and keep up the great work!!!

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